Newton Flower Shop News
Stylist Dani Michelle Wore Four Dresses to Her Wedding at Casa del Mar - VogueTuesday, July 09, 2019
Beautiful Thing.” “She took everyone’s breath away with her vocals,” Dani says. At midnight, the fashion DJs known as Posso took over in plunging Helmut Newton–esque black tuxedos. “People were just as excited to watch them as to dance to their music,” Dani adds.“My favorite moments were when Ian and I would find each other on the dance floor,” she recalls. “He would grab me so tight and whip me around, holding me close, and suddenly everyone else disappeared.”... https://www.vogue.com/article/dani-michelle-kourtney-kardashian-stylist-ian-morrison-wedding-vera-wang-dress
Local designer shaping Governor's Mansion renovationsTuesday, July 17, 2018
Hart.“This was really an opportunity to kind of partner with Illinois flower farmers,” added Hart, who’s business offers flowers and desserts. “Another flower farmer Becky Newton [owner of Wren’s Gate Garden and Studio] out of Decatur kind of helped organize this event for us. Basically we took all of the products from the farmers who were willing to donate and everything came from a 100 mile area of Springfield which is relay awesome. We used things like Sunflowers, Vivias, a lot of different perennial cut flowers that we were able to harvest really a lot of great products that we were able to use that were locally grown.”A Facebook page called ‘Central Illinois Flower Farmers,’ blossomed into six designers and six flower farmers across central Illinois working hand-in-hand to volunteer their time to harvest, plant and design flowers for the new renovations at the Governors Mansion.“It’s totally volunteer. The farms donated the product [flowers] and then the designers donated their time to put it all together,” added Hart. “We [farmers accross central Illinois] knew that it would be great idea to give back to the state in general , but then also to have kind of an opportunity to promote local grown products. We wanted to get it out there that there is all of this great flowers that are growing here in Illinois that people can utilize.”The seed that was planted in 4-H cultivated into a dream for Heart who is loving every minute of volunteering her time with the renovations.“It means a ton, especially when you walk into the mansion and you see all of the beautiful art that they have in there,” added Heart. “Just the fact that our flowers are kind of coordinating with the art and the beautiful space around it. It was such a great opportunity to showcase that product [flowers] in a spot that we knew people were going to see it.”Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@cumulus.com. http://www.wjbc.com/2018/07/13/local-designer-shaping-governors-mansion-renovations/
Explore Independent Cambridge: The Cambridge Flower SchoolTuesday, July 17, 2018
The Cambridge Flower School. It’s not hard to see why the school – located within Edwardian manor house Newton Hall – is so popular, it attracts pupils from as far afield as Mauritius and Shanghai.Crossing the threshold, you’re hit by the heavenly scent of perfumed blooms, and inspiration is all around, vases bursting with huge lime hydrangea heads, heady stocks, bright ranunculus and cheerful chrysanthemums.Owner Sarah Clerke and fellow teacher Gussie Sneddon are warmth personified, incredibly passionate and knowledgeable. Teaching is Sarah’s first love; she started her career as a graphics teacher before retraining as a florist, and has a wealth of experience, having owned two florist shops and worked all over Europe as a project manager for a teleflorist.The school launched four years ago after Sarah began teaching floristry to friends, and her classes were in such demand, she outgrew the venues. Starting off with a few workshops – Halloween pumpkins and hand tied bouquets – the team now teach a staggering selection of courses, ranging from an evening wedding bouquet workshop, to a week-long intensive career course, aimed at those considering venturing into commercial floristry, and covering all... https://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/explore-independent-cambridge-the-cambridge-flower-school/
Ditsy Blooms florist opens its doors in Budleigh Salterton - Exmouth JournalTuesday, May 01, 2018
Budleigh.”Cllr Dent wished Beth ‘every success’ with her new business.Originally from Cheshire, Beth moved to Newton Poppleford with her boyfriend, who is also launching his own construction and landscaping company.Beth has spent the last two years pursuing her career as a florist from home since moving south.She recently completed a two-year floristry course at Bicton College, where she graduated top of her group with a level two qualification.After completing the course, Beth launched Ditsy Blooms from her Newton Poppleford home and held Christmas wreath workshops in Sidmouth.Speaking in December last year, she said it was her ‘dream’ to open a shop.It was at one of these workshops that Beth was alerted to an opportunity to expand her business and couldn’t wait to investigate it further.She said: “I was thinking about what I wanted to do and, all of a sudden, I was at the workshop at Sidmouth College when someone told me of the opportunity in Budleigh.“As soon as I packed up there, I literally drove to where I thought it was.”After getting the keys in February, Beth has faced a race against time to get the shop ready.“We have done a lot of decorating,” said Beth. She officially opened on Good Friday and says the reception she has had from residents and fellow traders has been positive.“The reception has been amazing - everyone has been so welcoming,” said Beth. http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/ditsy-blooms-opens-budleigh-salterton-1-5462463
Falmouth Spring Flower Show attracts more than 1000 entries - Falmouth PacketTuesday, March 27, 2018
Flower Show at the weekend. Despite the recent weather, selections of Cornwall’s finest spring flowers were on display at the Princess Pavilion and Gyllyndune Gardens at the two day event. MP Sarah Newton was first through the doors on Saturday morning for a guided tour by the show’s chairman Reg Sleeman. She was shown the tiers of daffodils and flowering shrubs, the potted and cut spring flowers, orchids, floral art, cacti and succulents and 300 children’s exhibits. She said: "Thank you to the whole committee for putting on such a magnificent flower show. This 108th show was truly inspiring. Thank you all for the many years of dedicated service to Falmouth and long may this annual highlight of the Falmouth year continue. "The children’s contribution is just brilliant and reminds me of my efforts when I was in the Girl Guides. The daffodils are my favourite spring flower. At this time of the year when I get home to Cornwall at weekends I look out of the window first thing in the morning and the daffodils and primroses just lift my spirits." Among the highlights of the show was the welcome return of Trebah Gardens with their flowering shrubs and camellias which won them three top prizes, and a stunning display of daffodils, hyacinths and muscari by Dutch grow... http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/16116362.Stunning_displays_at_108th_Falmouth_Spring_Flower_Show/
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more email@example.com 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html